Refugees and forced migration
Research in forced migration explores why some people feel forced to leave their home or area, which consequences the flight has for themselves and others, and how states and other institutions are involved in these processes. The notion of ‘forced migration’ is primarily related to the approximately 42 million refugees (including 26 million internally displaced persons) from the world’s areas of conflict (2008). But also chemical and natural disasters, as well as grand infrastructural projects (dams and transport corridors) may force people to flee.
Our research focuses on war-refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) on their way to Europe or in countries outside Europe . Previous research has explored dynamics of refugee camps, linkages between relief and development, and the strategies of refugees themselves in Burundi, Somalia, Peru, Guatemala and other countries, as well as the political and practical problems of programmes supporting the return or integration of refugees and IDPs, such as the Danish ‘areas of origin’ initiative.
Current research within the research unit takes forced migration as an opportunity to study important issues in regard to states, political movements, and sovereignty, which are articulated when people are forced to flee or seek to return or resettle. Displaced people often belong to marginalized groups that are singled out as dangerous or less worthy by the majority or by the political elites, and the use of force may be seen as a way of performing sovereignty. In the same way, admission, return and resettlement are occasions for performing sovereignty by local, national, and supranational actors, such as the EU (see Migration control and regulation).
Researchers working on these themes include: Finn Stepputat, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Ninna Nyberg Sørensen and Simon Turner
Relevant publicationsPolitics of Innocence: Hutu identity, Conflict and Camp life
Simon Turner, 2010.
Forced Migration, land and sovereignty (pdf)
Finn Stepputat, 2008.
Dynamics of Return and Sustainable Reintegration in a "Mobile Livelihoods"-Perspective (pdf)
Finn Stepputat, 2004.
The Final Move. Displaced livelihoods and collective returns in Peru and Guatemala (pdf)
Finn Stepputat in N. Sørensen and K. Olwig (eds.): Mobile Livelihoods: Life and Work in a Globalizing World. Pp. 202-24. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.
The Rise and Fall of 'internally displaced people' in the Cental Peruvian Andes (pdf)
Ninna Nyberg Sørensen og Finn Stepputat, 2001.
Repatriation and Everyday Forms of State Formation in Guatemala (pdf)
Finn Stepputat, 1999.
Ambitiøs plan for fremtidens retspolitik i EU
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, 2009
Access to asylum
Dissertation submitted for the degree of PhD in law at the Institute of Law, Aarhus University
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, 2009
Instrumentalizing state sovereignty in Europe and beyond
Edited by Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, 2008
De danske forbehold over for Den Europæiske Union
Udviklingen siden 2000
Ian Manners, Catharina Sørensen, Maja Kluger Rasmussen, Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Trine Flockhart, Niels Aadal Rasmussen, Martin Marcussen, Eva Ersbøl, Jesper Kelstrup og Anne Møller, 2008
The refugee, the sovereign and the sea
EU interdiction policies in the Mediterranean
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, 2008
The extraterritorialisation of asylum and the advent of "protection lite"
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, 2007